Tag Archives: Material

Dupont Corian Creative Award 2011

27 Dec

3 of the prize winner of Dupont Corian Creative Award 2011 was announced in the late October 2011 in Japan. Yayoi Inui presented her tiling system design using the combination of green materials and Corian.  The theme of competition was “Corian With Green”, featuring Dupont’s material, Corian. Her presentation provided how her tiling system may be applied as walls, shelves, flooring, and benches.  The combination of natural materials and Corian created vibrant visual rhythm as well as longer life span for the product.  The design was created with two foci on mind, 1. protecting native flora by using renewable indigenous sources, and 2. promoting the local businesses in the communities by using the local material with traditional roles.  With these foci, the combinatorial materials can be exchanged based on the local resources and availabilities. The presented tiling system used Bamboo and Raspberry Jam Wood as an example of her concept. The emphasis was made on the necessity in creating the global standard for cultivating and set up the business flow unique to local environments. She hopes this recognition by Dupont, a global leading material company, will help raising the awareness in our society tproactively utilize renewable local materials.

Please visit their website to see other winners’ works.


Industrial Felt from Germany

27 Dec

I am currently searching industrial felt for my next design.

Through the internet surfing, I found this German company FilzFelt and loved what they do with their materials.

Only thing that I don’t like about them is that they charge us for the sample swatches…though even the swath book is cute…

Lightging Design for “Make Me!”

29 Jul

“This is it! It makes sense to me!” I though so, when I saw this lighting fixture.
I got to know a textile design collection for electronic cable named NUD Collection a few years ago at tradeshow site. I have been attracted to the variety of their fancy designs. On the other hand, I could not hit any suitable product ideas to take advantages of this coolness, nor could not find any designs by other designers. But I finally found it!

NUD Collectionという電気ケーブル用のテキスタイルのコレクションを2、3年前に展示会で知りました。バラエティーに飛んだ素敵なコレクションにうっとりする一方で、いまいちその良さを上手く使ったデザインを思いつかず、また誰かのデザインでの発見もなかったのですが、これぞってかんじでした。

This seems that one of applications for a competition called “Make Me!” to attend an exhibition in Poland. The designer’s name is Tomasz Pydo. I am not sure that he assured to use the NUD collection for his design, but think it would be great partner for each other if they collaborate together.

”Make Me!”というポーランドで開催される展示のコンペへの応募作品の中の一点らしいです。デザイナーはTomasz Pydo. 彼がNUD Collectionを使うことを想定していたかはわからないですけど、コラボしたら面白いと思うんだけどなあ。

To learn more about this competition, click here.

“Up” or “Down”?

28 Jul

This ceramic tile collection, Pico is designed by French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Italian brand Mutina. It comes in white, grey, sand, red or blue with two types of textures: “Down” with sunken dots and “Up” with elevated dots.
The material’s slightly irregular texture and matte surface gives the environment more natural and warm impression.

このセラミックタイルのコレクション、picoはフランス人デザイナーの Ronan & Erwan Bouroullecによってイタリアのブランド Mutina (ムティーナ)のためにデザインされました。白、グレー、サンド、赤、それと青のコレクションで2つのタイプのテクスチャーが用意されています。:窪んだドットの「ダウン」とドットの盛り上がった「アップ」。このまてりあるのちょっとイレギュラーなテクスチャーとマットな表面は空間をもっとナチュラルに暖かな印象を与えてくれます。

Here is a part of designer’s comment.

“ We intended to maintain the raw aspect of traditional earth floors or handmade cement, letting the material convey its natural characteristics.”


To learn more about this design, click here!
Also visit the designer’s website from here!

See-Through Concrete: LiTraCon

20 Jun

I saw this material on some magazines a few years ago and remember that it was focused in the articles about Tokyo Fiber. It seemed for me that it was on the early stage to be accepted to the actual design production at the time.

何年か前にこの素材を雑誌等でみましたし、Tokyo Fiber の記事の中でも注目されていたのも覚えています。その時点は私にはまだ実際のデザイン製作に受け入れられ始めた初期段階に見えました。

So I was very excited when I saw some finished products and architecture with the material through Dornob.com. The uses of the material are not only for the wall or facade anymore, and can be table lamp shades as interior accents and pavers and sidewalks in the tunnel below your feet. It certainly has been expanding the possibilities.

だから、 Dornob.comでこのマテリアルを使った出来上がった製品や建築物を見た時は代興奮しました。使用方法はもはや壁やファサードだけではありません。インテリアのアクセントとして卓上照明にも、トンネル内の足下にある敷石や歩道にも使われ始めました。確実に使用方法の可能性が広がりつつあるようです。。

The material named  Litracon™ is a combination of optical fibres and fine concrete. It is made with thousands of optical glass fibres which run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of each block.


Fabric Teflon Facade

9 Jun



” Strips of perforated fabric are tacked onto the facades of this house near Amsterdam by Dutch architects CC-Studio and Studio TX.”
穴の開いた布の帯はアムステルダム近くのこの家のファサ-ドにオランダ人建築家CC-Studio と Studio TXによって貼り付けられています。
From Dezeen
This design is the result of collaboration with a client and artist Rob Veening. And it creates very lovely effect by showing the fabric flaps and dance in the wind, since each stripe is attached to the side along one edge only. The material of the fabric pieces were very unique. It cut from rolls of teflon, a coated fiberglass material normally used for conveyor belt in food factories.
このデザインはクライントでもありアーティストでもあるRob Veeningとのコラボレーションの結果です。そして、それぞれの帯は側面に片方の端にそってだけ張り付けれられているので、とっても素敵な効果を風の中でめくれ踊る布地を見せることで作り出しています。布地の素材はとてもユニークです。コーティングされたファイバーグラスで通常は食品工場のベルとコンベアに使われるテフロンのロールからきりとられました。

RMIG, a Firm Specialized in Metal Sheet

26 May

Recently, I noticed my approach to designs have been transforming since I graduated from design school. Selecting materials is getting much more important to tell stories and translate the concept than finding forms, which I focused on the most when I was student.

最近、デザインへのアプローチが学生を卒業してから変わってきているなあと思う。 物語を伝えたりコンセプトを具現化したりするのに学生時代は「形」を重要視していたけれど、素材選びの方が最近は重要になってきています。

Perforated metal sheet is one of my favorite materials. I actually introduce some designs used perforated metal. I love the cool industrial feel that matches with high-end architecture and interior. The shadows created by the sheet is nice too!


Then I found an article about a firm, RMIG, who specialized in perforated metal.


“For 150 years now, RMIG has been producing a wide-ranging spectrum of perforated and embossed metal sheets for designers and architects. Perforated sheet are used for both technical and decorative purposes and are manufactured bespoke to customer specifications and expectations – with an inconceivable number of possible additional processing stages possible. The sheets can be edged, embossed, be furnished with fastening eyelets or boast lasered contours, too. The corporation also upgrades the surfaces of sheet stainless steel or aluminum as required, for example with powder-coated finishes for indoor or outdoor use, retroactive galvanizing of sheet steel or eloxy-coating for aluminum.”


From Stylepark

More articles about perforated metal sheet
Melting in French Landscape
Custom Perforated Metal for Facade and Sun Protection
Perforated metal meets high-end interior